Personalities of Hamlet in William Shakespeare´s Play by the Same Name

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“A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality,” John F. Kennedy once stated. In the tragedy, Hamlet, William Shakespeare presents Hamlet as one of the most distinguishable characters due his quest to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet Throughout the play, he is given various voices: as an avenger, as a moralist, and as a philosopher. In this essay, I will be explaining these personalities of Hamlet in depth.
The voice of Hamlet as an avenger is observed across the play after the ghost of old king Hamlet reveals that Claudius is the individual who murdered him. Hamlet commences his quest to kill Claudius by initially, acting insane in order to distract everyone from his actual plans of murder. He states that he is “but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw,” (Hamlet) meaning that he acts crazy purposely with the intention of avenging his father. Throughout the play, Hamlet attempts to kill Claudius but is prevented due to unfortunate events such as when he is sent to England and also when Claudius is praying. Even so, he is determined to kill him, stating that he, “the son of a dear father murdered, prompts to my revenge by heaven and hell,” (Hamlet) emphasizing his willingness to avenge his father’s death.
Hamlet is also perceived as a moralist across certain events in the play. For instance, in Act 3 Scene 3 when Claudius…